Description: The blaze is the strip of white flanked on either side by the cheeks of the predominant color of the predominant color of the rabbit. If the cheeks are too wide, it gives the impression that the blaze is too narrow, the blaze is too wide. The cheeks actually begin between the ears, go just over the eye and down the sides of the face to just below the jaws.
The tortoiseshell Dutch is a yellow ground with shadings of black on the haunches, ears and cheeks. The main fault is that the shadings often become smudgy and spoil the appearance of the rabbit. The yellow Dutch is somewhat of a backward relation toiseshell. Yellows are also frequently light colored on the extremities and also tend to show some tortoiseshell shadings. The yellow’s markings are usually not as eye-catching as the other colors, but occasionally a really outstanding yellow turns up and steals the major honors at a top show.
Both the English and American standards are very precise and only those specimens close to the ideal ever win any major honors. The Dutch pattern or markings are the result of a generic factor and they appear in the others forms of small livestock such as rats, mice, cavies, etc. The faults in the pattern are numerous. Perhaps this is why the perfect Dutch rabbit has yet to be bred. The Dutch rabbit is bred in black, which is by far the most popular color, and also in blue, steel gray, tortoiseshell, yellow and chocolate.
The rabbit’s head shows the faults perhaps more than any other part of the body because the fur is shorter and the markings more clear-cut.